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Warner Bros. Takes On International Distribution for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit

Warner Bros. has reached a deal to handle the international theatrical and video distribution on MGM's behalf for Peter Jackson's Lord of The Rings trilogy prequel, The Hobbit (in two parts), adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien's novel. MGM will oversee international television licensing for the films and both studios will collaborate on the films' marketing and release.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 6, 2011 9:15 AM
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Foreign Films Screen in Los Angeles and Palm Springs

Los Angeles foreign film fans have a chance to see the five Golden Globe foreign nominees at the American Cinematheque: including Biutiful (Mexico, Spain), The Concert (France), The Edge (Russia), I Am Love (Italy) and In A Better World (Denmark).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2011 6:49 AM
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Oscar Race Questions: Nomination Ballots Due January 14

Oscar Race Questions: Nomination Ballots Due January 14
There are several unknowns as we hurtle toward the end of balloting for Oscar nominations January 14. (Here's the schedule.) What we do know: the race for best picture is still between The King's Speech and The Social Network, the popular heart-tugger vs. the more cerebral critics' fave (see the votes at Gurus 'o Gold). Both sides are campaigning hard: both Weinstein Co. and Paramount are throwing Oscar parties this week. (My full Oscar Predicts Chart is here.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2011 5:00 AM
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De Niro Heads Cannes Jury

The 64th Cannes Film Festival jury president is two-time Palme d'Or-winner Robert De Niro, who has been starring in a lot of commercial comedies of late (see Little Fockers) and could use some overseas cred. (He's starring opposite love interest Monica Belluci in the upcoming Italian comedy Age of Love.)
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 6, 2011 4:23 AM
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Oscar Watch: VFX Short List of Seven Includes Alice in Wonderland, Inception, Scott Pilgrim

Seven films will vie in the Visual Effects bakeoff on January 20 for an Oscar nomination, when members of the VFX branch will see 15-minute reels of each film and then vote for the final five to be announced January 25. The list is what was expected.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2011 2:42 AM
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USC Scripter Nominations Lift Winter's Bone, Ghost Writer

The USC Scripter Award nominations are in. This award, which is voted on by a jury of industry critics, filmmakers, academics and screenwriters (including me), is given to films that are based on a literary source (anything original is not eligible, nor was Toy Story 3). It is a window into the adapted screenplay Oscar category, in other words.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2011 2:27 AM
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Digital Viewing Transition: The Rise of Netflix

Digital Viewing Transition: The Rise of Netflix
In their excellent year-ahead discussion on KCRW's The Business, host Kim Masters and guests John Horn (the LAT) and Michael Schneider (Variety) agreed that 2011 marks a watershed year in the transition from traditional to digital viewing choices. They think the shift will come faster for movies than television. "The studios are burning along with huge overhead and a lot of movies that aren't working," says Masters, a confessed Luddite who defends theater-going.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2011 2:03 AM
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Cinema Audio Society film Nominees Include Shutter Island

The Cinema Audio Society nominees for sound in motion pictures in 2010 are Black Swan, Inception, Shutter Island, The Social Network and True Grit. These are the bigger-scale movies of the year, the ones most likely to factor in the technical categories. I'm surprised not to see Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I in this list. Shutter Island has been left out of many critics and guild votes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2011 1:30 AM
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Duvall, Turning 80, Puts His Hands in Cement at Grauman's Chinese

The Hollywood press corps, friends and supporters sang "Happy Birthday" to 80-year-old Robert Duvall at Grauman's Chinese Theater Wednesday as he placed his hands and feet in cement. "It's long overdue," said crony James Caan, who had co-starred with Duvall in The Godfather and wished he had made 25 more films with him.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2011 12:24 AM
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Variety Loses TV Editor Schneider, Adds Film Editor Dickey

While Variety TV editor MIchael Schneider was able to resist the approaches of The Hollywood Reporter, he could not say no to TV Guide, which he collected in his room when he was a kid. He's going there as their new LA Bureau Chief.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 5, 2011 11:46 AM
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